Committee Members

Committee Members

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Lynda Wells, M.D. (Chair)
Brian Duling, Ph.D. (Vice-Chair)
David Brautigan, Ph.D.
Madaline Harrison, M.D.
Dearing Johns, M.D.
Casey Kerrigan, M.D., M.S.
Edward Perez-Reyes, Ph.D.
Karen Rheuban, M.D.
John Schorling, M.D.
Jerry Short, Ph.D.
Jonathon Truwit, M.D.
Sharon Hostler, M.D., ex officio

Lynda Wells

Committee Chair: Lynda Wells, M.D.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Virginia School of Medicine
PO Box 800710
Phone: (434) 924-5635
E-mail address:
Pager # (PIC):  4015

Profile: I am a pediatric anesthesiologist and member of the Acute Pain Management Service (APS). I provide anesthesia and pain management services to both adult and pediatric patients. I have been at UVA since January 2005 and was appointed chairman of the Committee in the summer of 2005. I think I was chosen because I believe that people are the University’s primary resource and that their welfare is paramount to the success of the Institution. I work in the 2nd floor operating rooms at University Hospital, the out-patient surgery center and on the floors at University Hospital when covering the APS. I usually have one non-clinical day per week for academic pursuits and administration. My office is in the Department of Anesthesiology on the 4th floor of the old medical school. If you wish to contact me please use e-mail or page me. If you would like to make an appointment to meet with me please contact my assistant, Dave Alpern, at 924-5635.

Brian Duling

Vice Chair: Brian R. Duling, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biological Physics
University of Virginia School of Medicine
PO Box 801394, MR4 Rm 6051
Phone: (434) 924-9040
E-mail address:

Profile: I am a cardiovascular physiologist interested in regulation of blood flow and blood pressure, with a focus on investigations at the microcirculatory level.  My particular interest at the moment is in the ways in which gap junctions unify signaling between of smooth muscle and endothelial cells.  I have been at UVA since January 1968 and I have moved through the ranks here beginning as a post-doctoral fellow making $333.33/mo.  I was the founder and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center and have served on more committees than I can remember.  I have served on journal and grant review panels through 6 presidents and 3 boom-bust cycles of the NIH.  I am the past-president of the Microcirculatory Society and the American Physiological Society.  I have been involved in most aspects of biomedical research, administration, and politics during the course of my career and I think I understand the challenges facing a faculty member in 2006 from many different perspectives. I guess you might say that I know a lot about the joy of discovery and the agony of defeat.  If there is anything that I might offer in the way of encouragement or help give me a call at 4-9040.

David Brautigan

David L. Brautigan, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology and Internal Medicine
Director, Center for Cell Signaling
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Phone:  (434) 924-5892
E-mail address:db8g@Virginia.EDU
Web Site:

Profile: My experience as a University faculty member has been at two different institutions, Brown Univ. and UVA. At Brown I was hired as an Asst. Prof. and promoted to Assoc. and full Prof. in an environment with an emphasis on undergraduate bachelor's degree education that included classroom teaching, academic advising and directing student research projects, while also teaching first year medical student and graduate courses. Here at UVA SOM I have been Center director with the focus on research and training of Ph.D students and postdoctoral fellows. Work in my lab looks at how protein kinases and phosphatases transmit signals from receptors to regulate cell growth, division and death. We use cultured cells and study their responses after DNA transfection and siRNA knockdown. Every year since its inception I have lectured in the MiniMed School and talked about biomedical discovery research to schools, civic groups and legislative staff. Service on a variety of University committees as well as those for national professional societies, and activities as a consultant for companies, give me some basis for offering advice and perspectives to fellow faculty.

Madaline Harrison

Madaline B. Harrison, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Phone: (434)924-5568
E-mail: mbh3y@Virginia.EDU
Pager 3033

Profile: I am a neurologist  specializing in the evaluation and treatment of movement disorders.  After graduating from the University of Miami School of Medicine, I completed a Neurology Residency and Movement Disorders Fellowship at the University of Virginia.  As a member of the Movement Disorders Group at the University of Virginia, I see patients with Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, dystonia, tremor, Tourette's syndrome, and other conditions and participate in several multidisciplinary programs for the specialized care of patients with complex movement disorders. I direct the HDSA Center of Excellence at the UVA Huntington's Disease Program, which provides clinical services well as genetic counseling to patients and families through a multidisciplinary clinic. In addition, I provide neurologic consultation for movement disorders in the Functional Neurosurgery Clinic and direct the Dystonia-Botox Clinic.  As a member of both the Parkinson's Study Group and Huntington's Study Group, I also participate in clinical trials of new pharmacologic treatments for these conditions. I have been a member of the Faculty Advocacy Committee since August 2002 and have a particular interest in issues affecting work environment and professional development for faculty.

Dearing Johns

Dearing Johns, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Division)
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Phone: ( 434) 924-9605
E-mail: djohns@Virginia.EDU
Profile: I am an associate professor of clinical internal medicine with special interest in prevention of diseases of the heart and blood vessels and a focus on defining clinically relevant gender differences. During the first 10 years of my faculty life I explored the molecular and electrical world of the kidney's juxtaglomerular cell aiming to define the role of renin in blood pressure regulation. My research and clinical training have given me an understanding of the joys and challenges of both career paths. Presently I chair the Medical Student Advocacy Committee, the SOM Committee on Women and the University Cemetery Committee. I teach medicine in clinical and classroom settings such as POM, Minimed School, JILL and the Cardiology and Internal Medicine CME courses. My office is in the old medical school wing (NTH 3705) and I am available by email, phone (4-9605) and/or page (2183).

Casey Kerrigan

Casey Kerrigan, M.D., M.S.
Chair and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Virginia School of Medicine
PO Box 801004
Phone: (434) 243-0378
E-mail address:
Profile: As Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) I work to strengthen our clinical, teaching, and research activities by developing and building upon interdisciplinary collaborations throughout the entire university. In my not-so-NIH-typical research area of gait (walking and running), I work with students, trainees, staff, and faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, Nursing, Education, and the Athletics Department. If I can be of help as a faculty advocate beyond my role as chair, please do not hesitate to e-mail me or contact my assistant, Sandy Bare, at 3-0379 who always knows how to track me down and/or set up a meeting.

Edward Perez-Reyes

Edward Perez-Reyes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Jordan Hall, Room 5056
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Phone: (434) 982-4440

Profile: I joined the Department of Pharmacology here at UVA in 1999.  My research is on the molecular physiology of voltage-gated calcium channels.  I also teach Pharmacology in both the Medical School and Graduate School.  I have been a member of the Faculty Advocacy Committee since 2002.  Perhaps due to being raised by two psychiatrists I have a natural interest in the well being of our students, staff, and faculty.  To advertise this interest the window to my office displays the Safe Place decal.  If you have any Advocacy issues you would like to discuss please feel free to contact me at the above addresses.

Karen Rheuban

Karen Rheuban, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for External Affairs & Continuing Medical Education
Professor of Pediatrics
Box 800311, McKim Hall, RM G151A
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Phone: ( 434) 924-2481, 982-3635
E-Mail: ksr5g@Virginia.EDU
Profile: I serve as Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for External Affairs and Continuing Medical Education and Medical Director of the University of Virginia Office of Telemedicine. After graduating summa cum laude from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, I trained in pediatrics and cardiology at UVa, joining the faculty here in 1980. I led development of the UVa Telemedicine program in 1995 to link remotely located patients and health professionals with the University's clinical consultative and educational expertise, which has supported over 7800 consultative encounters with remotely located patients and has broadcast thousands of hours of health professional and patient education. I serve as chair of the SOM CME Committee and the SOM Community Service Committee, and also serve on the Medical Society of Virginia Education Committee and Virginia Medicaid's Physician Advisory Committee. I juggle the roles of wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, doctor, administrator, mentor, and advocate.

John Schorling

John Schorling, M.D.
Harry T. Peters, Sr Professor of Internal Medicine and
Public Health Sciences
Head, Section of General Medicine
Box 800744
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Telephone 434-982-3458
E-mail: jbs7f@Virginia.EDU

Profile: I am a Professor of Medicine and serve as Head of the Section of General Medicine, Director of Physician Wellness and Director of the UVa Mindfulness Center. I attended medical school at Ohio State and then completed residencies in internal medicine at UVa and in preventive medicine at the University of Washington. I have been on the faculty here since 1988. I currently devote much of my time to issues of faculty wellness and work-life balance. I still believe it is possible to have a successful academic career and also have time for ourselves and our families, and I'm always happy to talk with anyone about this challenge. I'm also interested in helping foster collaborative relationships throughout the institution, and in creating an environment where individuals can find meaning and satisfaction in their work. My wife Sophie teaches in the School of Nursing, and we have two children, one in high school and the other in college.

Jerry Short

Jerry Short, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Medical Education Support
University of Virginia School of Medicine
PO Box 800382
Phone (434) 924-5843
E-mail address:

Profile: I am a psychologist with joint appointments in the School of Medicine and the Curry School of Education.  In the Medical School, I am the Associate Dean for Medical Education Support and teach in the Practice of Medicine 1 and Clinical Epidemiology courses.  I am a founding member of the Medical Student Advocacy Committee and have been active in its efforts to prevent the mistreatment of students and to provide better learning environments for them.  I also coordinate the Mini-Med School, a program for the general public taught by outstanding members of the medical school faculty.  I share the Chairman's belief that people are the University's primary resource and that their welfare is paramount to the success of the School of Medicine.  If I can be of help as a faculty advocate, please do not hesitate to contact me.  My office is 1125 McKim Hall.

Jonathon Truwit

Jonathon  D.  Truwit, M.D.
E. Cato Drash Professor of Internal Medicine
Division Head, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Medical Director of the MICU
University of Virginia School of Medicine
PO Box 800546 
Phone: (434) 924-5270
E-mail: jdt2a@Virginia.EDU

Profile: I am a Professor of Medicine in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and serve as both Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. I graduated from Duke Unviersity with a BSE (Biomedical Engineering) and Georgetown University (MD) and trained at Vanderbilt in both Internal Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care. Subsequently I became faculty at UVa (1989). I serve as co-chair of the Access, Service and Communtication Committee and the Patient Care Committee as well as chairing or serving on other committees. I am also active in the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians. I am married to Jeanne Erickson, who is pursuing a PhD in Cancer Nursing Research and am father to 2 teenage boys and one preteen girl.
Sharon Hostler

Sharon Hostler, M.D., ex officio
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development
McLemore Birdsong Professor of Pediatrics
University of Virginia School of Medicine 
Box 800793, McKim Hall, Rm 3028,
Phone: (434) 982-3353 fax Phone: (434) 982-0874
E-mail: slh2m@Virginia.EDU

Profile: A native of Vermont, Dr. Hostler received her BA from Middlebury College and her MD from the University of Vermont. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the University of Virginia. My faculty career as a clinican educator at UVa has focused on: children with cancer; outreach to rural underserved children; transition tasks of adolescents with chronic illness and developmental disabilities (Division Chief of Developmental Pediatrics); outcomes of adolescents with severe head injury and spinal cord injury (Medical Director of Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center); the status of women students, housestaff, and faculty; and development of men and women faculty. I serve as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and the McLemore Birdsong Professor of Pediatrics. I am committed to supporting the recruitment, development, and retention of the best and brightest faculty. In my spare time, I am a sand-castle-building grandmother and a memoir-writing daughter. My office is in McKim Hall, room 3028.
E-mail is slh2m@Virginia.EDU